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mbuser wrote:don't think of it as using them to replace a big-time starter, think of them as likely better options than a middling starter who makes you nervous every time you see a ^ coming up for him. when you consider that in 2007 russ springer's positive impact in ERA (2.18 in 66 IP) was essentially the same as brad penny's (3.03 in 208 IP) and his positive impact on WHIP (0.91) was basically the same as chris young's (1.10 in 173 IP) then it makes sense to find a slot for these kinds of guys in roto. most are going to offer little help in counting stats, though, and previously effective MR flop and new ones come out of nowhere all the time (springer's career ERA/WHIP is 4.70/1.38)
Not only did I use the strategy last year - I won with it. Not saying I won BECAUSE of it - because in fairness I had Santana, Hamels, Kazmir, Hill and James Shields as my SP - but it certainly didn't hurt.
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